That literacy is vital, goes without saying; however, it is my belief that students can sometimes see reading as a chore, not a part of their day to day lives. Because of this, I have initiated a program of constant reading in the sixth, seventh and eighth grades.
Students are "assigned" a half hour of reading nightly. They are expected to be able to journal about the reading the next day. Students choose their own books and read as much as they can in that thirty minutes. Journals are collected weekly and assessed using a student made rubric attached to this page.
After completing a book, each reader adds a book to the ongoing tally-at the end of the year we celebrate how many books each child has read, how many the class has read, and how many the school has read as a whole! Last year we read 1538!!